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Mitred Conure  (Aratinga mitrata)

Also Known As: Mitred Parakeet
 
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Mitred Conure feeding on a mango in Bolivia

Credit: © Bill King


 
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Since 1981, when the Mitred Conure was listed on CITES Appendix II 158,149 individuals have been traded on international market.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
Not recorded

Range:
A.m. mitrata: Found in subtropical zone of E Andes in C Peru, south from Huanuco, through west-central Bolivia to NW Argentina, south to La Rioja and W Cordoba. Introduced to California, Florida and Hawaii, US.
A.m. alticola: Temperate zone in Cuzuco region, C Peru.


Habitat:
Found 1000-3500m (3280-11,480 ft). Alticola possibly seen up to 4000m (13,120 ft). Seen generally in dry subtropical zones but also recorded from temperate areas such as montane deciduous forest, cloud-forest, cultivated fields, grassy hills with tall herbaceous plants, brush and scrub areas with scattered trees and legume-rich savanna.

Threat Summary:
Race alticola may be rare. Possibly overall in decline. Has been traded internationally in large numbers.

IUCN Rating:
Least concern

Wild Diet:
Not available

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Ecology:
Seen in pairs or threes but may congregate up to 100 individuals outside of breeding season. May take cultivated crops, but generally feeds in natural forest areas. This species, as well as others, migrates to Lerma Valley in NW Argentina to feed on ripening berries.

Clutch and Egg Size:
3 broad-oval eggs, 32.0 x 26.5mm (1.2 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:
Around December.

Links to Other Project(s):
http://natureali.org/parrot_project/Parrot_Project.html

http://www.californiaparrotproject.org/mitred_parakeet.html

More Info Sites:
http://amazornia.us/home.html

Infonatura - type in Mitred Parakeet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitred_Parakeet

http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=185976